State of Tennessee Partnering with Osram’s Sylvania Lighting Solutions on Upgrading Lighting of Government Buildings

In a series of projects in the state of Tennessee, German firm, Osram’ is supplying new energy-efficient lighting systems for government buildings throughout the state and Sylvania Lighting Solutions is helping to install the lighting upgrades. These buildings that will get new LED lighting included many of the state’s biggest, most renowned and historic offices and agency sites.

The state of Tennessee expects a reduction in electricity consumption for lighting of between 60 percent an 80 percent. This reduction could translate to a lowering some of the state’s individual building energy and electric bills by up to 28 percent. The company points out that in a building with no central energy plant, lighting can use up to 40 percent of the building’s electricity.

“Like many historic state buildings throughout the country, these building systems are aging, so facility managers are turning to advanced, energy-efficient lighting as a way to upgrade their facilities to enhance employee productivity and comfort while dramatically reducing costs,” said Rich Hunter, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for OSRAM’s Sylvania Lighting Solutions. “We’re thrilled to be part of such an expansive project that will deliver meaningful results for the residents of Tennessee and help bring such historical and iconic buildings into the modern age.”

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William R. Snodgrass Tennessee Tower in Nashville is First Project

The first of the eight projects, the William R. Snodgrass Tennessee Tower in Nashville, is already begun and is scheduled to be completed in June. The Tennessee Tower is the state’s largest publicly owned building. The Tower features 30 floors and houses more than 2,100 occupants.

The plan calls for the new lighting control system to be typically set at 30 percent of light output capacity at the tower, and the new lighting control system will give tenants flexibility in choosing their light levels. Also, the system will employ occupancy sensors, and daylight harvesting, providing even more energy savings as the lighting will dim when natural light is available, and dim to 5 percent when the sensors detect that a room is unoccupied.

The Tennessee Tower project will use 10,200 new LED fixtures and 1,300 LED retrofits and will provide a work area that can be adjusted for the current use and allow flexibility for tenant modifications. Additionally, the building’s portico, which has been dark for over 30 years, will once more be illuminated, emphasizing the beauty of the building’s Travertine marble construction against the city’s skyline.

The Sylvania Lighting Solutions team of designers and engineers is working closely with the Capital Projects Group of the State of Tennessee Real Estate Management (STREAM) division to customize lighting designs for each site to meet the needs of the space and its occupants and deliver the wanted return on investment.

Maintaining the integrity and aesthetics of each space is another key aspect of the project, particularly in the historic buildings including the Supreme Court, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

“We in state government are here to provide citizens with the best service at the lowest possible cost,” said Bob Oglesby, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of General Services, which includes STREAM. “We are pleased that innovative efforts such as this lighting project will be upgrading our facilities while reducing the cost of government.”

The Tennessee Tower lighting installation is just one of numerous modernization projects the in the state to update its facilities and save taxpayers money.

Other Osram-led projects include:

  • Tennessee Supreme Court in Nashville, a four-story building listed on the National Register of Historic Places, will get an LED lighting retrofit to preserve the historic nature of the existing light fixtures and give the building’s lighting advanced wireless controls.
  • The Volunteer Training Site in Smyrna, the Command for Tennessee National Guard military training, has already been updated with solar parking canopies at three sites.
  • National Guard Readiness Centers in Erwin, Jackson, and Henderson that perform technical and operational functions to help ensure combat readiness will be retrofitted with new LED technology.
  • A medium-security prison and rehabilitation facility, the Tennessee Department of Correction/Turney Industrial Complex, located in Only, will be updated with an LED lighting retrofit.
  • The Tennessee Fire Services and Codes Enforcement Academy in Bell Buckle, a statewide education and training facility, will be upgrading its lighting to new LED fixtures and will add advanced lighting controls including power metering.
  • East Tennessee Regional Health Office in Knoxville, which supports the health and well-being of Tennessee residents, will receive new LED lighting fixtures with fire shields, local lighting controls, and a new power meter that can monitor energy usage remotely.